District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-04-21

CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) reports another busy week involving wildfire and ATV trail activity throughout the surrounding areas. CO Van Asch assisted CO Kittelson and DNR Forestry personnel on wildfires in International Falls and Littlefork. The officer gave a laws and ethics presentation to a firearms safety class held in Littlefork. Time was also spent investigating a wolf depredation complaint and attending the Kabetogama Lake Association meeting. Enforcement action included ATV passenger under 18 without a helmet, operating an ATV on a state highway, allowing a smoldering fire, burn prohibited materials, and burn during a burning ban.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area forest roads and trails, fire activity was monitored, and public access sites checked. Seasonal equipment transition has started. Spare time was spent dealing the new computer records management.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) spent much of last week working the spring fish run and ATV enforcement. Officer assisted CO Williams with a firearms safety class in Ely. It was nice to see such a large number of children involved in the program. An otter was turned into the officer that had been accidently caught in a beaver trap. The officer investigated an illegal burn, and enforcement action was taken. A number contacts with youth operating ATVs illegally were made this week. Reminder to parents, that you can he charged for allowing children to operate illegally.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked the stream trout opener, helped teach an ATV Safety Class in Hibbing, handled a road killed fisher and deer calls, a bear complaint and accidentally trapped muskrats. The officer also dealt with a person taking firewood from state land without a permit.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time watching streams for spring fish run activity. With the low water levels the activity has been very limited. A young trapper contacted CO Frericks and told him he caught an otter accidentally out of season. Unfortunately it was the trapper?s first otter. An owner of an ice shelter who received a citation for leaving his shelter on the ice past the deadline is now receiving an additional citation for litter when he decided to not remove the shelter from the lake. The shelter had fallen into the lake when the ice came off and was partially floating. Most of the shelter was pulled off the lake by CO Frericks. ATV and OHM activity remain high.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) assisted fire fighters with a grass fire that started when the homeowner was burning garbage in a stock tank. Time was spent checking spring beaver trapping activity and picking up accidental caught otter. Some fishing activity was observed, fishermen attempting to catch crappie without any luck. Assistance with given to the East Range PD on a suicidal male with a gun. Fredin attended the Hoyt Lakes City Council meeting about a purposed city deer hunt this fall.

Ray - vacant.